Activities

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Yellowstone River

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Member Appreciation Events

Saturday, October 19

All Thousand Trails Locations

Check with properties for a list of times and events

Northwest

OREGON

Pacific City

October 5: D River Annual Fall Kite Festival in Lincoln City. Join us to decorate the family lodge for autumn and Halloween. Snacks provided.

October 26: Halloween festivities!

Whalers Rest

October 5, 12, 19, & 26: Join in the crazy fun with our very own Super Candy Bar Bingo fun at 1 p.m. in the South Clubhouse. Then hang around for our Ice Cream Social at 2 p.m. in the South Clubhouse. We serve up some yummy cones, sundaes, and floats.

October 31: Whalers Halloween Festival Party! Come join the fun in our South Clubhouse Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. We’ll have fun games, costume contest and pumpkin carving contest! Be sure to watch out for the friendly spooks!

WASHINGTON

Birch Bay

October 13: Holiday Potluck (member generated) at 5 p.m.

October 5-6
Model Railroad Show/Circus Builders Show and Swap Meet 2013
This show is enjoyed by thousands each year and is one of the largest shows on the west coast. There are running modules in all gauges of model trains and circus displays. There will also be memorabilia, a swap meet, dealer tables, and workshops. Enjoy over 50,000 square feet of open space for model train layouts and vendor displays. Held at Northwest Washington Fairgrounds/Henry Jansen Ag. Barn, 1775 Front Street, Lynden, just 13 miles from the preserve. Event hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors, $4 children ages 6-12, and $20 for families. Admission for children six and under is free. Proceeds benefit the Lions Club Community Projects.

October 17-19
Fall Craft & Antique Show
Shop for handcrafted gifts, home decor, vintage treasures and gourmet delights. Show is held at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds/Expo Building, 1775 Front Street, Lynden, just 13 miles from the preserve. Admission is $5 (with return privileges) and children 12 and under are free. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Free parking.

Chehalis

October 26: We will be hosting our 4th Annual Halloween Bash. Join us for campsite Trick or Treat, followed by a hot supper of Witches Brew Stew and ghostly games, crafts and other ghoulish fun.

October 5
Onalaska Apple Harvest Festival
Held in downtown Onalaska, just 10 miles from the preserve. For event details, call (360) 978-4018.

La Conner

October 12: Canadian Thanksgiving: Potluck Turkey Dinner and we supply the turkey, stuffing, gravy and potatoes. We ask that you bring a veggie and dessert.

October 26-27: Halloween at La Conner: We will have a haunted house, Trick or Treat for kids, site decorating and pumpkin carving contests and tons of fun for kids and adults alike.

Through October 15
Quilt Walk in La Conner
There will be many different styles of quilts to view including 3-D, traditional applique. Quilt maps available at participating shops. Visit www.laconnerquilts.com for more information.

Mount Vernon

October 5-6
Festival of Family Farms
Various farms open their doors for tours, samples and hands-on events. Festival runs daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maps can be found at Skagit Farm Supply stores. For information call (360) 428-4270.

CALIFORNIA

Idyllwild

October 12
Art Walk & Wine Tasting
Event features gallery art, artists at work, live music, local dancers and fine wines. Event is sponsored by the Idyllwild Art Alliance and Middle Ridge Winery. Event is just four miles from the preserve.

October 31
Idyllwild Great Pumpkin Parade
The town of Idyllwild celebrates Halloween with a parade, carnival from 5 to 8 p.m. and downtown businesses handing out candy. Dress up in costumes! Event is held on North Circle Drive, just four miles from the preserve.

Lake Minden

October is all about Monsters & Demons & Zombies: OH MY!

October 4-6: Crafters Holiday/Radio Control Boat Races: The theme for the Friday Night Potluck is Fall Casseroles; remember to sign up in the Adult Lodge and bring your recipe if you can. Join us for a Crafters Holiday; we’ll have stations set up for various projects including seasonal jewelry, greeting cards, scrapbooking and an “It’s never too early to start” Christmas Crafting Ornament. Don’t forget Friday night Brown Bag Bingo or Saturday Candy Bar Bingo and the Ice Cream Social. RC Boats will be racing in B Section on Friday and Saturday.

October 11-13: Getting Ready for Ghouls: Join us for the Friday Night “Souper” Potluck Social. Bring a pot of your favorite soup and a copy of the recipe and we’ll have a bread, cracker and soup potluck. Bring a fall or Halloween themed prize and stay for Brown Bag Bingo. Fall/Halloween is the theme for Crafts, Cards and Scrapbooking this week. Don’t get spooked in a Ghost and Goblin Scavenger Hunt on Saturday.

October 18-20: Hydroplane Races: Join us for the always exhilarating Hydroplane Boat Races. These races are a Lake Minden favorite for heart pounding excitement. Take a break from the races for Candy Bar Bingo and the Ice Cream Social. Don’t forget to join us Saturday night for a good old-fashioned Barn Dance. (Swim Beaches will be closed during the boat races).

October 25, 27 and 31: Mysterious Monsters: This will be a weekend of Ghoulish Halloween Fun. Don’t be chilled to the bone. Bring your favorite addition for chili for a Chili Potluck Social. Up for some fun? Dress for dinner in your deadliest costume and you may win a prize. Also Saturday is tailgate Trick or Treat. On Thursday the 31st we’ll have our traditional hayride Trick or Treating.

October 31
6th Annual Scarysville Halloween Festival in Historic Downtown Marysville
Join us for four blocks of family fun including games, costume contests for the kids and your pets, carved pumpkin contest, The Haunted Bakery and The Haunted Mansion, and, of course, Trick or Treating!! The Downtown Marysville Merchants provide a safe, fun environment for the whole family to enjoy a Spooktacular Halloween!! Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by the Marysville Business Improvement District, event is less than 20 miles from the preserve.

Lake of the Springs

Throughout October: Breakfast is served every Saturday and Sunday, and dinner is served every Saturday. Also, every Saturday, John Carter performs at the Family Campfire Sing-along and Marshmallow Roast.

October 5: Family Dance with DJ Ana Maria.

October 12: DJ Mike Allen at the Family Dance.

October 19: DJ Mike Allen at the Family Dance.

October 26: Halloween Celebration: Ghosts and goblins of all ages will not want to miss our Halloween Bash - it will be a fun-filled day. We will start with a Kids’ Fishing Derby, followed by pumpkin carving and site decorating contests. The kids can roast weenies at the campfire before going Trick or Treating. Come on in if you dare; the Haunted House is waiting for you. Then, everyone will have a goblin good time at the Monster Mash Dance and Costume Contest.

Palm Springs

October 25-26: Welcome Back Weekend. Summer has ended and we are ready to start a brand new season with a fun-filled weekend. On Friday we will have a scrapbook class so you can display your summer pictures, and Friday night there will be an outdoor movie. We will have Halloween themed activities for little ghosts and goblins on Saturday. We end the day with our Welcome Back Pool Party. There will be an All You Can Eat Pasta Dinner and a contest of decorated Halloween Hats! Don’t miss out on the FUN!

October 11-13
International Chili Society World’s Championship Chili Cook-Off
This is the 47th Annual World’s Championship Chili Cook-off featuring champions from Sweden, England and most of the United States. Categories will include Home Style, Last Chance, People’s Choice, Salsa and Chili Verde. Event is held at the Spa Resort Casino, 401 East Amado Road in Palm Springs, just 10 miles from the preserve. For information call (760) 320-5272.

October 25-27
American Heat Motorcycle Weekend
You will find stunt shows, live entertainment and retail vendors galore at this event, which is just 10 miles from the preserve. Open to all motorcycles - event is held on Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs. For information call (775) 329-7469.

Pio Pico

October 4-5: Blues, Brews & BBQ! Rock out at Pio Pico and enjoy our delicious BBQ with classic cars and blues music.

October 11-12: Art in the Park: Enjoy making crafts all day while relaxing on the lawn.

October 18-19: Nature Weekend: Project Wildlife brings fun and excitement to Pio Pico with their animals and information.

October 25-26: Halloween ‘Spook’tacular. Come to Pio Pico for Trick or Treating in the park and be scared beyond belief!

October 4-6
Oktoberfest
Annual Village of La Mesa Oktoberfest, just 19 miles from the preserve. For information call (619) 277-5363.

October 5-6
Julian Apple Days festival
Fall Festival held in downtown Julian, just 46 miles from the preserve. For information call (760) 765-4758.

Ponderosa

October 11-13
Coloma Gold Rush Live
Experience life as it was during the 1850 California Gold Rush era. Enjoy live music, live history tent encampments, carriage rides, historic trade demonstrations, and a merchants market. There is gold panning for kids and adults, as well as sawmill demonstrations and historic reenactments. You will feel like you are rubbing shoulders with the adventurers and historical figures that helped create the worldwide rush to California. Event is held at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, just a mile from the preserve. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. For information visit www.marshallgold.org or call (530) 295-2170.

Rancho Oso

Throughout October: Every Saturday from 11 a.m to noon come on down to the arena to watch the stock dogs herding sheep and cattle and stay for the bucking bull demo. Get up close and personal with our young bulls as we prepare them for a future in the rodeo! A definite photo op. Each weekend join in the fun and hop on board the famous Rancho Oso hay wagon to take a tour of our beautiful resort. Wagon will drop off passengers at the barn for the stock dog and bucking bull demo and barn tour. Don’t forget to call the stables at (805) 683-5110 and book your unforgettable horseback ride for ages 8 and over. Of course, your little buckaroos can get their first ride on a big horse, led by one of our friendly wranglers. This is a great photo op for your scrapbook. The early fall weather is perfect for hiking, swimming, riding, photography or wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley, only a scenic half hour drive away. Don’t want to drive? You can easily arrange a guided winery tour with a local tour company. Later on Saturday, join us for the Ice Cream Social to make your favorite sundae or hot chocolate. Keep the weekend sweet with Candy Bar Bingo. Check out our breakfast Friday through Sunday and dinners Friday and Saturday at the Stone Lodge Kitchen. Our chuck wagon is open and serving lunch on Saturdays offer great burgers.

October 26: Halloween Fun with pumpkin painting, costume contest and Trick or Treat!

October 30-31
Halloween Haunted House - Solvang Festival Theater
Haunted Holidays! Annual Haunted House created by Solvang Parks & Recreation Department at the Solvang Festival Theater. Hours are 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with a kid-friendly version from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

TEXAS

Bay Landing

October 11-13: Columbus Day Celebration: Who sailed the ocean blue? Christopher Columbus, of course! It will be an educational time with the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. Crafts, coloring contest of the ships and many more activities. Come join the fun.

October 25-27: Halloween Costume Party: On Saturday, all ghosts and goblins should come to the kids’ party in the afternoon and don’t forget the adult costume party at night. This is our last big hoopla for the season and we always do it up right. There will be lots of treats and goodies for all. Our haunted hayride just gets better and better and this year we will have another big surprise for you! Come and see!

Lake Conroe

October 5: Family Feud Weekend: Bring the family and enter our Family Feud game and see if your family is smarter than the other families.

October 12: Columbus Day Weekend: Let’s take this weekend and celebrate Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the new world. Come join us for a parade and a lot of exciting games.

October 19: Hobo Weekend: Come join us for a Brown Bag Bingo and a Hobo Dress Up contest.

October 26: Halloween Weekend: We will be having a carnival with popcorn, caramel apples, sausage on a stick and games. Our Annual Trick or Treat and Haunted Trail will be better than ever. So come and enjoy.

Lake Whitney

October 12: The CASA Chili Cook-Off folks will be here!

October 19: Homecoming! Visit with new and old Thousand Trails family members. October 26: Halloween - it’s a surprise.

Medina Lake

October 5: Bingo Weekend: Let’s start the day with kids’ crafts, then on to Ice Cream Bingo (winners will receive a free bowl of ice cream during the Ice Cream Social.) We will also play Candy Bar Bingo and end the evening with Mystery Bingo. Ice Cream and Cake in the afternoon to celebrate October Birthdays and Anniversaries. Top of the Trail will be closed.

October 12: Oktoberfest: Craft sale starts off the morning followed by kids’ crafts, root beer chugging and sauerkraut and sausage eating contest. Plus, we’ll have an Ice Cream Social, Candy Game and Top of the Trail will have German dinner in the evening followed by waltz and polka contest. October 19: Relaxation Weekend: Kick back and enjoy the day.

October 26: Halloween Celebration! Start the day off with a craft sale. Then, let’s carve some pumpkins into Jack-o-lanterns. We’ll have pinatas and apple bobbing on the pavilion. Wear your best attire for the Halloween Costume Contest. Well do some Trick or Treating. If you are not too afraid, come to the Haunted Mini-carnival in the evening.

Saturdays in October
Cowboys on Main
The town of Bandera, Cowboy Capital of the World, will feature Western displays and strolling musicians taking you back in time to the good old days. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. For information call (830) 796-3864. Just 22 miles from the preserve.

Throughout October
Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch
The Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch is designed to entertain and educate children, while at the same time, offering hayrides, scarecrow building, pumpkin painting, pony rides, games and photo opportunities. There is also a petting zoo, apple orchard tours, cider making and processing apples on the apple line. Children also get to make a puppet, enjoy a puppet show, storytelling and playing instruments in the Great Hill Country Symphony. For information visit www.lovecreekorchards.com. Love Creek Orchards is just 30 miles from the preserve. Events run every Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday through October and also the first weekend in November from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Southeast

FLORIDA

Orlando

October 26: Halloween Party: Trick or Treat around the preserve begins at 2 p.m. Party from 8 to 10 p.m. includes haunted walk, rig decorating contest, Pure Country Gold Band in the Ballroom, adult and kids’ costume contest, prizes and treats.

TENNESSEE

Natchez Trace

October 4-6: Wild West Weekend: Event starts out with a Friday night hayride at dark. Saturday is full of fun with kids’ crafts and a donut and coffee social (manager will be present.) We will have a showdown at the Old Red Barn followed by a decorated golf cart parade. Best decorated cart wins a prize. At 5 p.m. we will have a cook-out at the Old Red Barn, followed by a boot-scootin’ good time as the band Raw Country performs. Plus Bingo on Sunday.

October 11-13: Oktober Heritage Fest Weekend: Folks come from all over to attend the Lewis County Oktober Heritage Fest. Streets are filled with food vendors, live music, and there are yard sales for miles. At the preserve, we will have a Friday night movie, Saturday morning breakfast buffet at the Town Hall, a cornhole tournament Saturday night and indoor baseball for the kids. Plus Bingo on Sunday.

October 10-13
Lewis County Oktober Heritage Fest
Vendors, live music and more along Highway 20 from Hohenwald to Summertown. All just 10 miles from the preserve. Event runs dusk to dawn all days.

VIRGINIA

Lynchburg

October 26: Halloween weekend with Trick or Treating and a spooky and thrilling haunted trail! All ghouls welcome!

Month Long Festivities Throughout the Area
Lynchburg offers numerous wine festivals, foliage tours, musicals, symposiums, lectures, candlelight tours, exhibitions, scare mazes and more. Check out www.discoverlynchburg.org to find all the interesting events for you. Call (800) 732-5821 for information. Most events are within a 25 mile drive from the preserve.

Northeast

MAINE

Moody Beach

October 12: Leaf Peeper Weekend includes a guided hike to Mt. Agamenticus, the highest point in southern Maine. We will host a complimentary picnic at the top! Columbus Day Weekend includes our annual Halloween themed hayrides, Trick or Treat, burgers and hot dogs and a Pancake Sunday Breakfast.

MASSACHUSETTS

Gateway to Cape Cod

May through October
Tours at Nauset Lighthouse
Nauset Light Preservation Society volunteers lead tours of the lighthouse and provide historic information. Tours are free, donations accepted and some parking fees may apply. Check website for dates and times. For information call (508) 240-2612 or visit www.nausetlight.org.

PENNSYLVANIA

Scotrun

October 12-13: Columbus Day Weekend: Marathon Crafting Spectacular! Enjoy the Oktoberfests, corn maze and pumpkin picking but leave some time for our Holiday Craft-athon. All holidays included.

October 26: Halloween Celebration: Trick or Treat, pumpkin decorating, costume parade, Monster Mash DJ party, and site decorating. A full day of Halloween fun!

Weekends through October 20
Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival
Multiple event going on from the downtown train station to the steps of the Opera House. Free music in four outside venues, plus headline shows at the Opera House. Great food, must-see architecture and more. This area is call the Switzerland of the US. Held in Jim Thorpe, PA, less than an hour’s drive from the preserve. For information visit www. JimThorpe.org/events.

Weekends through November 2
Hotel of Horror
The Hotel of Horror Haunted House, Altered Nightmares Haunted House and the Exhibition of Macabre Museum are all housed in the Lakeview House Hotel in Saylorsburg, just 25 minutes from the preserve. Attractions are indoors, rain or shine. Parking is free. Event hours are Fridays, 7 to 11 p.m., Saturdays, 6 to 11 p.m. and Sundays, 7 to 10 p.m. For information call (570) 992-3278.

Timothy Lake North & South

October 4-6: End of Summer Party Weekend: Stargazer & Science Weekend: What better time of year to look at the sky on a crisp fall evening! Kids will be making their own stargazers and we will be discussing the different constellations. Halloween On-Site Begins for Site Decorators.

October 11-13: Autumn Timber Festival: Shawnee Mountain Annual Timber Festival is back and you can buy your discounted tickets at Timothy Lake South. For more info, check out shawneemt.com.

October 18-20: Little Camp of Horrors: Join us for the first of our Spooktacular Weekends! Activities such as face painting, pumpkin painting, arts & crafts, ghost hunt, site decorating contest, pumpkin patch and trick or treating only just touches what we will be offering for a weekend of family fun. Fantasy Karaoke will be rounding out our Masquerade Ball at North. Plus, Timothy Lake’s Haunted House at the Old Welcome Center at North.

October 25-27: Things That Go Bump in the Night: If you missed them, or just could not get enough of it, this weekend is a repeat of the activities listed above but with our Frightful Fantasy Karaoke at North for our Masquerade Ball and our Haunted House at the Old Welcome Center at North.